DOLORES MUNOZ: Get a Killer Butt by Christine Lynn Harvey
Dolores Munoz has the Trainer's Edge to give you a Killer Butt in her new fitness video by the same name. You can also partially thank her for the spinning craze that is a fixture in many clubs nationwide. Currently living in Brooklyn, Munoz grew up on a farm in Illinois. "You are constantly being physical," she says and that has parlayed itself into living a fit life. Dolores has blended the brawn of country-life practicality with the street-smarts of city life. Dolores came to New York on a modeling contract when she was 23 and has lived here half her life.
Dolores was recruited into working for Chicago Health Clubs when she was 18. She went in on a free guest pass, and after her shower, they asked her to visit the office on her way out. "I thought they were going to ask me to buy a membership and they offered me a job instead." They liked her personality and decided to train her in anatomy and physiology. But Dolores says she always took her athletic abilities for granted. In school, she ran track and did gymnastics, but her first love was acting which is what brought her to New York.
Currently, Dolores works for Chelsea Piers in New York City and was one of the first fitness trainers to bring female boxing into the clubs. She consulted for Broadcast Boxing, a gym that was owned by Sugar Ray Leonard and Geraldo Rivera. Dolores is also a dedicated cyclist, training over 250 miles a week. She runs a monthly cycling clinic in Central Park and helped Johnny G launch the Spin Cycling program in gyms across the nation.
Dolores teaches a total body workout class at Chelsea Piers and her new video in Koch Entertainment's Trainer's Edge Series "Killer Butt with Dolores Munoz," features the buttocks portion of her total body workout class. She is hoping to eventually make a video series of her total program. As a personal trainer and massage therapist, Dolores takes a large group of people under her wing, practicing what she preaches. As for words of advice, "I think we all know what we should do and just don't listen to ourselves." She stays true to eating a "clean" diet and avoids the no carb, or all protein, or Atkins diet traps. "We all know how to eat, but don't want to eat that way cause we want what we want."
Dolores says she also eats in a way that does not alienate her friends and family. People can get so caught up in their diet and what they are refraining from eating that they make other people socially uncomfortable. She says she tried following a raw, whole live foods diet for two years once and didn't feel any more energy as a result. "I alienated a lot of people cause society is not in that kind of awareness," she says. "You're not going to go out to eat, or go to dinner parties. All relationships are reflections of yourself. Life is balance. It's knowing how to ride the wave. You have to find that fine line. If you want ice cream, eat it; just don't eat it every day of the week."
Many times, Dolores has tried fitness fads just to say she has tried them so she can better guide people. "People are looking for leaders; they want someone to tell them how to do it." she says. One time, she was teaching a class and accidentally dropped a body bar onto the floor. All thirty people in the class followed suit, figuring that is what they should also do. "Most people don't want to do the work," she says, urging that everyone, no matter who they are, need to do the work.
Dolores' ultimate goal is to reach children. Teenagers have the fastest growing rates of obesity. "I would like to help them before it's too late. I have a girl, suffering from anorexia nervosa who I'm working with now. There is even a website for anorexia nervosa where it teaches young people to purge. People need to hear they are strong, courageous, they're OK, that they're good enough," she says.
"I tell people at my cycling clinic, 'Life is balance between fitness, between food, between relationships, between love. It's not just about fitness. I have people who eat, sleep and drink on the bicycle. Lance Armstrong wrote a book "It's Not About the Bike." There are many parts to life. When you die, God will ask you, 'Did you love yourself and did you have fun doing it?' That's pretty much what life is about."
For more info on Dolores Munoz' "Trainer's Edge Killer Butt" video, please visit: www.kochint.com